Roman Rabinovich

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Praised by The New York Times for his “uncommon sensitivity and feeling”, the eloquent young pianist Roman Rabinovich was top prizewinner of the 12th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Israel in 2008, He made his Israel Philharmonic debut under Zubin Mehta at the age of 10, and has since appeared as a soloist throughout Europe and the United States, most recently with orchestras including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Sir Roger Norrington, the Meiningen Hofkapelle, Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, the NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra and Szczecin Philharmonic in Europe, and the Seattle Symphony, the Sarasota Orchestra, Des Moines Symphony, the Sinfonia Boca Raton in the US.

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He has given recitals in venues such as Wigmore Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Centre in New York, the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, the Cité de la Musique in Paris, and the Terrace Theater of Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and has participated in festivals including Marlboro, Lucerne, Davos, Prague Spring, Klavier-Festival Ruhr, and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. An avid chamber musician, he is also a regular guest at ChamberFest Cleveland while through the 2020-21 global pandemic, Rabinovich and his wife violinist Diana Cohen gave a very successful series of free weekly concerts from their front yard in Calgary.

Rabinovich has earned critical praise for his explorations of the piano music of Haydn. At the 2018 Bath Festival, he presented a 10-recital 42-sonata series, earning praise in The Sunday Times. Prior to that, in 2016 as artist in Residence at the Lammermuir Festival in Scotland, he performed 25 Haydn sonatas in 5 days, and he has also performed a complete sonata cycle in Tel Aviv. He is currently undertaking a recording project of the complete sonatas for First Hand Records, the with the second volume released in July 2021.

Born in Tashkent, Roman Rabinovich immigrated to Israel with his family in 1994 where he began his studies with Irena Vishnevitsky and Arie Vardi; he went on to graduate from the Curtis Institute of Music as a student of Seymour Lipkin, and earned his Master’s Degree at the Juilliard School where he studied with Robert McDonald. Dubbed “a true polymath, in the Renaissance sense of the word” (Seen & Heard International, 2016), Rabinovich is also a composer and visual artist, who regularly enhances his performances and CDs with his own artwork.

June 2021

Nicolas Papageorgiou (Director)
Aude-Marie Auphan (Director)


Brahms: Piano Concerto no.1 (excerpt)
Szczecin Philharmonic, Philippe Bach, October 2017
Rachmaninov: Variations on a Theme of Corelli
Wigmore Hall, October 2017

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Allegro molto from Haydn Sonata in E flat Hob XVI 45 Encore from Wigmore Hall, October 2017
Chopin: Ballade No. 4
Wigmore Hall, October 2017
Janáček: In the Mists
The Gilmore Keyboard Festival, January 2017
Beethoven: Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op.101
The Gilmore Keyboard Festival, January 2017


Concerto List
    • J.S. Bach:
    • Concerto in D minor BWV 1052
      Concerto in F minor, BWV 1056

    • Bartok:
    • Concerto No. 2, Sz..95, BB101

    • Beethoven:
    • Concerto No 1, in C major op 15
      Concerto No 2, in B flat major op 19
      Concerto No 3, in c minor op37
      Concerto No 4, in G major op58
      Concerto No 5, in E flat major op73
      Choral Fantasy, op80

    • Brahms:
    • Concerto No 1, in D minor op15

    • Chopin:
    • Concerto No 1, in E minor op11
      Concerto No 2 in F minor op21
      Fantasy on Polish airs, op13

    • Dvorak:
    • Piano Concerto in G minor, op33

    • Franck:
    • Symphonic Variations, M 46

    • Grieg:
    • Concerto in A minor op16

    • Haydn:
    • Concerto in D major

    • Liszt:
    • Concerto No 1, in E flat major
      Concerto No 2, in A major

    • Mendelssohn:
    • Double concerto for violin and piano in D minor
      Concerto No 1, in G minor op 25
      Concerto No 2, in D minor op 40
      Concerto in A minor, MWV O2

    • Mozart:
    • Concerto in B flat major K 238
      Concerto in E flat major K 271 “Jeunehomme”
      Concerto in A major K.414
      Concerto in F major K.459
      Concerto in D minor K.466
      Concerto in C major K 467
      Concerto in E flat minor K.482
      Concerto in A major K.488
      Concerto in C minor K.491
      Concerto in C major K 503
      Concerto in B flat major K.595

    • Prokofiev:
    • Concerto No 1, in D-flat major op10
      Concerto No 2, in G minor op16
      Concerto No 3, in C major op26
      Concerto No 5, G major op55

    • Rachmaninov:
    • Concerto No 2, in C minor op18
      Concerto No 3, in D minor op30
      Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43

    • Saint-Saens:
    • Concerto No 2, in G minor op22
      Concerto No 5 in F major, op103

    • Schumann:
    • Concerto in A minor, op.54
      Introduction and Allego Appasionato op.92

    • Shchedrin:
    • Concerto No 2

    • Shostakovich:
    • Concerto No 1, in C minor for piano, trumpet and orchestra op35
      Concerto No.2 in F major, op102

    • Stravinsky:
    • Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments
      Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra

    • Tchaikovsky:
    • Concerto No 1, in B flat minor
      Concerto No 2, in G major op44

    • Yusupov:
    • Concerto “Intimo” 2007




Roman Rabinovich regularly enhances his performances with his own visual art. He paints, draws and also uses an iPad to create artworks. Rabinovich often provides drawings and paintings for programme booklets and brochures, some of which are featured on this page. Rabinovich’s artwork has been exhibited in the USA and Israel, on CD covers and in booklets, and in the music press.

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